FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY

As a forensic expert, Dr. Brad Novak provides objective and honest consultations in matters involving Psychiatry and the Law. Forensic Psychiatry Services can be provided at the request by Plaintiff, Defense, Prosecution, Courts, Insurance Companies and Governmental Agencies in civil and criminal cases at the interface of Psychiatry and the Law.

Dr. Novak specializes in the following forensic evaluations:
  • Independent Medical Evaluations (IMEs)
  • Competency to Stand Trial
  • Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI)
  • Testamentary Capacity (Competency to Make a Will)
  • Violence Risk Assessment

As of August 2012, Dr. Novak has been hired as a forensic expert in approximately 425 cases. He has served as a forensic evaluator on behalf of the Santa Clara, San Francisco and San Mateo counties' superior court expert witness panels, private criminal and civil attorneys as well as a consultant for the Department of Homeland Security.  Dr. Novak believes in the importance of developing and maintaining high standards of excellence for mental health expert witnesses. In this regard, he is a member of the Forensic Faculty at Stanford University Department of Psychiatry where he serves as a Consulting Assistant Professor.


For forensic psychiatric evaluations referrals only by attorneys (plaintiff, defense or prosecution), courts, insurance companies and employers.The evaluator retains the right to refuse to become involved in a case for undisclosed reasons. Please do not send any confidential information until professional relationship has been established. The information provided in this site merely provides basic framework, and does not intend to cover all the specifics and nuances of the evaluation process and report preparation. I make no claims, promises or guarantees about the completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this website and its associated sites. Nothing on this site constitutes legal or medical advice. If you require legal advice or service, please contact an attorney.

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The information provided in this site merely provides basic framework, and does not intend to cover all the specifics and nuances of the psychiatric evaluation process. I make no claims, promises or guarantees about the completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this website and its associated sites. Nothing on this site constitutes legal or medical advice. If you require medical advice contact a physician. If you require legal advice, please contact an attorney.